Good news fellow chocolate lovers - in its raw state, chocolate is actually good for you!
It isn't the cacao that makes commercially produced chocolate 'unhealthy' but all the processing, stabilising, addition of refined sugars, dairy products, 'bad' fats, E numbers and anything else needed in order to mass produce chocolate. Minimally processed, natural raw cacao is a one of the highest sources of antioxidant flavanols and contains many vital vitamins and minerals including magnesium, calcium, vitamins E and B, essencial healthy fats (oleic acid), protein and fiber (read more about the benefits).
So how can CHOC Chick Chocolates be healthy?
By keeping it pure and simple. CHOC Chick Kits including only natural unprocessed ingredients and absolutely nothing else! Our organic raw cacao powder and organic raw cacao butter are 100% cocoa and come straight from the cocoa bean (so you are essentially putting the cocoa bean back together). Combining these together with a natural, low GL sweetener (like the Sweet Freedom in our Kits) is all you need to make delicious chocolates in their healthiest form. Our Simple Raw Chocolate Recipe is very easy to make and the raw chocolates made are only 3.5 calories each!
Our chocolate recipes are incredibly easy to make and because they do not require boiling, cooking or overheating they ensure you retain as much of the natural goodness in raw cacao as possible. It really is that simple and by making chocolate at home, you know exactly what goes into your homemade chocolates and can always get CHOC creative and jazz up your CHOCs with fruit and nuts, natural essences and spices (obviously no preservatives or E numbers required!).
Good quality cacao ingredients ethically sourced
For us cacao goodness is not just about the natural goodness inherent in the cocoa bean but also about ethically sourcing the finest naturally farmed ingredients. So knowing where our ingredients come from is incredibly important to us.
We source our cacao ingredients directly from cooperatives in Ecuador, as not only is it a beautiful place to visit, but Ecuador is the home of the highly sought after Nacional Arriba Fino de Aroma cacao bean, a single origin cocoa bean that is indigenous to Ecuador and has been farmed there since Aztec and Mayan times. In June 2011, we had the great pleasure of meeting the cacao farmers we work with and visiting their cacao plantations. It was wonderful to learn about the organic, biodynamic farming methods used and reassuring to know that this type of natural farming encourages the cultivation of diverse crops (we saw banana, orange and coffee trees growing together with the cacao trees!) and benefits not only the families but also the environment (read more about our adventures in Ecuador in our CHOC Chat blog).